Preparing For Your First Hot Yoga Class
You’ve taken the plunge and booked yourself into the Hot Yoga Club. We’ve already blogged about the benefits that hot yoga provides over traditional yoga (link to the article). So, with this in mind, today’s post is going to be a practical one that will help you to prepare for your first hot yoga class. Sit back and relax, your yoga routine will never be the same again!
If you’ve been to a yoga class before, you’ll already know that you need to wear stretchy clothes that will allow you to easily move through positions. Avoid overly baggy activewear because it tends to slide around and get it in the way, especially in a more active class. Leggings or shorts are preferable to joggers, and fitted t-shirts or cami-tops are preferable to loose fitting t-shirts.
Due to the heat, you’ll also need to consider the type of material your activewear. It should reduce sweating and be breathable; avoid anything heavy. And don’t forget to tie up your hair if it’s long, otherwise it’ll get sweaty and stick to your face. Remove any make-up before entering the studio too; not only will make-up melt and run down your face, if it’s clogging up your pores it’ll reduce the detoxifying effect of the heat.
Pack Your Gymbag
Considering the intense heat of the hot yoga facility, it’ll come as no surprise that one of the most important things to have in your gymbag is a large bottle of water. To help you keep hydrated in the class, some useful tips:
Leave your water in the freezer for an hour or two before coming to class. Alternatively, buy a refillable BPA-free water bottle with a wide neck that will allow you to fit in ice cubes. Try adding a few slices of cucumber or sprigs of mints to lightly flavour the water. Avoid adding citrus fruits, such as lemon or orange, because these fruits are high in acid which can damage your teeth.
Hot yoga is more intense than traditional yoga because of the heat of the studio. Remember this when you’re choosing a class to sign up for.
If at any time during a class you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed or like the heat is getting to you, take a break and allow yourself to rest. Your instructor won’t mind you sitting out a few moves and you can leave the room at any time.
After a Class
It’s best not to rush off straight after a hot yoga class, so schedule a class that will allow you some time to cool down and get your body acclimatised again to normal temperatures.
Why not treat yourself with a fresh juice or smoothie in the Breakfast By Bella Deli.
Given the heat’s effect on your pores, post-yoga is the perfect time to receive a skincare treatment. Head to The Beauty Zone and supercharge the benefits of the products applied to your skin. Call 01784 462463 to make a booking today.